The New Driving Danger: Your Pet?

by on April 18th, 2011 at 7:00 am

If we’re headed for a pet-friendly destination, most of us probably don’t think twice before bringing our furry companions along with us for the ride.  However, driving with your pet (even if he or she isn’t prone to excitability or disobedient behavior), may be putting yourself and others at a higher risk of having an accident.

There are a plethora of dangerous possibilities that may arise when traveling by car with a pet. He or she may try to sit in your lap, hang out the window, become carsick, or gnaw on objects in the car, just to name a few. Experts estimate that tens of thousands of accidents are caused each year by unrestrained pets.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, cell phones remain the top driving distraction. However, pets are classified among “other distractions”, such as disruptive passengers or drivers attempting to multi-task behind the wheel (reading, applying makeup, etc.), so accurate statistics for pet-related injuries and fatalities are unclear.

For the safety of other drivers, yourself, and your pet, experts recommend restraining your animal during car travel, either by using a harness or carrier that is secured in the back seat.

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One Response to “The New Driving Danger: Your Pet?”

  1. Puppy Luv

    Apr 18th, 2011

    I do agree that you should make sure your pet is safe when driving. The last thing you want is anything to happen to you or your precious pet when taking a road trip. I am all for bringing your pets along for a ride because it exerts energy (for most dogs who enjoy rides in the car) because of the mental stimulation they get from the change in scenery. However, every should make sure they are out of harms way and do not drive with them on your lap.

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